The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: “See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.”

Micah 6:8 (CEV)

Social Commentary

Current Issues

Negara-ku: May 13, Masjid Jamek and ministerial multiplication

12 July 2014 |

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan is the person we most associate with Bersih, the Malaysian movement for free and fair elections. On July 10, while introducing Negara-ku (My Nation), she said “Now every time someone says May 13, you can respond with July 10.” Negara-ku’s Chairman is Zaid Kamaruddin, Secretary General of … Continue Reading

The GE13 People’s Tribunal

26 March 2014 |

There was intense disquiet after the 13th General Election in May 2013. There were mass gatherings. There were allegations of unequal access to media; of erasable ink; of wrongful use of government machinery; of vote-buying; of ‘directed’ postal votes and advance votes; of phantom voters; of unauthorized changes to voters’ … Continue Reading

Children’s rights: unsung, shackled servants

27 January 2014 |

Last week, at a consultation on children’s rights in Malaysia, a Professor from a local university said our government is implementing plans to ensure that about ten years from now all persons who do social work will be formally qualified. One participant expressed alarm over the Professors comment. Her alarm … Continue Reading

Meekly defiant

27 January 2014 |

By Stephen Ng While I may want to congratulate Professor Dr Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi for his article, “Turning the other cheek on the ‘Allah’ issue”, the fact is that he is far from the correct interpretation of the phrase, ‘Turn your other cheek’ (Malaysiakini) Dr Tajuddin has at least … Continue Reading

A ten-point non-solution

27 January 2014 |

It would be an understatement to say that the pronouncement by the prime minister yesterday that the 10-point solution to the ‘Allah’ issue must be subject to state laws comes as a huge disappointment to those hoping that he would exhibit bold and distinct leadership in this matter. So that … Continue Reading

Umno’s last bastions: Ideology and subsidy

16 January 2014 |

The Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini famously once said of the Iranian Revolution that it is not about the price of watermelon, a popular fruit in Iran. This indicated that the Ayatollah’s politics were aiming at loftier goal, and economic hardship was even to be tolerated to achieve it. On the … Continue Reading

Press Statements

CFM deeply concerned over recent acts of escalating tensions

16 January 2014 |

15th January 2014 CFM MEDIA STATEMENT The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) notes with deep concern the recent acts of escalating tensions on the part of certain groups in respect of the use of the term “Allah” by the Christian community in Malaysia. In particular we refer to four incidents: … Continue Reading

JAIS raid violation of constitutional right and Cabinet’s 10-points solution

03 January 2014 |

CFM MEDIA STATEMENT The Christian Federation of Malaysia strongly condemns the raid conducted by officers from the Selangor State Islamic Department (JAIS), accompanied by the police, on the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) on Thursday afternoon 2 January 2014. They seized 320 copies of the Al-Kitab, the … Continue Reading

Press Statement by Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur

21 October 2013 |

PRESS STATEMENT The recent judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal against the Herald newspaper has raised serious concerns to many Malaysians, especially the Christian community. As President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, I hereby state that that the three Judges were grossly misinformed when concluding that the … Continue Reading

Courts continue to ignore rights of Christian minority

15 October 2013 |

CFM MEDIA STATEMENT 14 October 2013 The Christian community in Malaysia is gravely dismayed and very disappointed by the decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the power of the Minister to ban the use of the word Allah in the Herald publication. In a wide-ranging decision, all Christian … Continue Reading

From Around the Net

The Blogosphere

As “Allah” appeal nears, Borneo churches say ban violates Malaysia Agreement

11 October 2013 |

Ahead of the Monday ruling by the Court of Appeal on whether the Christian Church can use the Arabic word, the East Malaysian churches stressed that it was “completely unacceptable” to bar such usage that has been their common practice for centuries. “This is abhorrent, wholly unacceptable and a flagrant … Continue Reading

Remembering deaths in custody

15 July 2013 |

ON May 21, 2013, M. Dharmendran died while under police custody. In addition to multiple bruises all over his body, they found staples on his ear and his ankle. Yes, staples [ [ [ [ [ [ Then there was C Sugumar, who had tumeric powder smeared on his face, … Continue Reading

A rakyat’s peace: Reclaiming a lost language

22 May 2013 |

By Low Iishan “People are deeply imbedded in philosophical, i.e., grammatical confusions. And to free them presupposes pulling them out of the immensely manifold connections they are caught up in.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein “But if thought corrupts language, language also corrupts thought.” ~ George Orwell Perhaps one of the most … Continue Reading

What a constitutional farce

18 May 2013 |

What a constitutional farce – Paul Low and Abdul Wahid Omar not legally Ministers and Waytha, Loga and Ahmad Bashah not legally Deputy Ministers as they have not been sworn in as Senators It is neither a good omen nor a good start for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s post-13GE Cabinet.… Continue Reading

What future we are going to bequeath to our children and grandchildren

29 April 2013 |

By Ariffin Omar We are now at the crossroads of our destiny. The 13th general election, slated to be held on May 5, will decide once and for all what future we are going to bequeath to our children and grandchildren. We have lived for more than half a century … Continue Reading

Human Interest

Save Bukit Kiara forest!

10 September 2013 |

by Lim Chui Choo The forest lies abused and embattled Trampled upon by bulldozers and man Its famed trails fragmented Its flora and fauna torn asunder Its pristine river streams polluted The ugly 3.6-metre-high metal fencing a grim reminder of abuses and greed of disrespect for the people’s interests of … Continue Reading

A man for all races: A great teacher departs

07 August 2013 |

By Keruah Usit As we Malaysians struggle through a cynical time of religious fear-mongering in schools and in our wider society, we would do well to reflect on the life of a tenaciously open-hearted teacher, Brother Albinus, born Michael O’Flaherty. Brother Albinus passed away peacefully at the age of 83 … Continue Reading

For the love of God, he speaks

20 May 2013 |

By RK Anand The 73-year-old cleric is passionate about his chosen path, and his faith and conviction motivate him to speak out against injustices, which has earned him both bouquets and brickbats JOHOR BAHRU: Step into the office and his four-legged companions are the first to greet you. Among the … Continue Reading

Thumbs up for gentlemen in politics

22 April 2013 |

By Lisa J. Ariffin Political scientist Farish A Noor praises Umno’s Saifuddin Abdullah and PAS’ Dzulkefly Ahmad as ‘genuine politicians’ and not ‘populists’. PETALING JAYA: Umno’s Saifuddin Abdullah and PAS’ Dzulkefly Ahmad have been praised as genuine politicians who uphold the highest standards of behaviour by public representatives. Well-known political … Continue Reading

Viewpoints

Reflection

Peter Young: A gentle soul who walked this land

29 June 2014 |

By Soo Ewe Jin Peter Young devoted his whole life to the marginalised citizens of this country he calls his own. HE was always in a batik shirt. Even at home. This tall Mat Salleh was a familiar sight in Section 5, Petaling Jaya, where he would take his two … Continue Reading

Trinity Sunday: mysterium Christi and harmony

16 June 2014 |

Yesterday was Trinity Sunday in the church calendar, a menu of teachings for every day, including many “feast days.” Calendared feasts serve to nourish our beings. On feast days the task of the worship leader and preacher is to spread out a feast of what God has revealed. In a … Continue Reading

3 surprising things about Good Friday

18 April 2014 |

1 – Today is Good Friday. To Christians, it’s the most holy day of the religious calendar. But ‘holy’ not in the Golden Lounge sense where there are first-class dudes and everyone else sits in crammed seats. ‘Holy’ not in the Spock sense where only ‘we’ are super-smart and know … Continue Reading

Peter’s Pointers

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 88

28 July 2014 |

56. GOD’S WORLD AND PEOPLE (2) We continue our study on God’s world and people. 2. GOD’S PEOPLE The word ‘people’ is mentioned at least 95 times in the Psalms. a) May God’s Blessing Be On His People 3:8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your … Continue Reading

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 87

25 July 2014 |

56. GOD’S WORLD AND PEOPLE (1) 1. GOD WILL JUDGE THE WORLD 9:8 He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice. 2. MEN OF THIS WORLD 17:14 O Lord, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward … Continue Reading

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 86

14 July 2014 |

55. GOD’S MORNING AND EVENING 1. REJOICING COMES IN THE MORNING 30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. v5For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. 2. … Continue Reading

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 85

07 July 2014 |

54. GOD’S DAY AND NIGHT (2) 2. GOD, THE PSALMIST AND NIGHT a) Day and Night 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. v2But his delight is in … Continue Reading

Intellectual Discourses

Homosexuality and respect for democratic rights: YES, BUT – The Sociological Minimum

24 December 2013 |

PRECIS Proposition 1 – Respect is not Conformity or Compliance YES, the rights of homosexuals to express their views should be respected in a pluralistic democracy, BUT this respect should not be extended to demand approval of their views and compliance to new social policies that impose homosexual ideology … Continue Reading

Allah: The noun and the name – The root of confusion

28 May 2013 |

Confusion continues to reign over some Malay Muslim scholars, as is evident from their fumbled handling of the semantics of Allah, because there is no definite article in the Malay language. It would be helpful for them to reconsider the significance of definite article in the Arabic and other Semitic … Continue Reading

Galileo’s Trial on Trial: From teleological science to mathematical empirical science

02 January 2013 |

Precis: Secular critics of Christianity typically appeal to the infamous trial of Galilee Galileo in Rome (1616) as indisputable evidence that Christianity is an intolerant and intellectually bankrupt system. The secular critics’ story is one of the inexorable retreat of Christianity into the backwaters of social progress, and of its … Continue Reading

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